13th over: Nehra into the atack, first ball, Sabbir taps the ball over fine leg and it is four. It is 82 for 5. second ball, wild swish but straight to the fielder and one run. It is 83 for 5. Mahmadullah on strike. third ball, Mahmadullah smashes straight to long leg and takes two quick runs. It is 85 for 5. fourth ball, beautiful shot and a equally excellent fielding from pandya and takes two runs and it is 87 for 5. fifth ball, excellent straight drive down the ground for another boundary. It is 91 for 5. good over for Bangladesh two boundaries from this over till now. sixth ball, another good shot but straight to Pandya and it is one run. it is 92 for 5.
12th over: Jadeja into the atack. first ball, Sabbir on strike. jumps and takes two quick down the leg side and it is 73 for 3. very good running between the wickets. second ball, well bowled from Jadeja and only a single. It is 74 for 3. third ball, Rahim hits it on the leg side and takes two runs and appeal for run-out. Umpire asks a review. his bat is not grounded. very tight indeed. Yes it is out. very good throw from Kohli and it is 75 for 4. fourth ball, Mortaza hits the ball straight to the deep mid-wicket fielder and it is Virat once again and it is 76 for 5. Jadeja strikes. fifth ball, takes a signle and it is 77 for 5. sixth ball, Sabbir takes a single and it is 78 for 5. Mahmadullah is the new batsman.
11th over: Pandya into the attack. Sabbir on strike. first ball, inside edge and straight to Dhoni and it is no run. second ball, wild swish and takes a quick single. It is 69 for 3. third ball, Rahim on strike. jumps and cuts the ball straight to third man and one run. It is 70 for 3. fourth ball, another wild swish and no run. fifth ball, Sabbir takes a single and it is 71 for 3. excellent over from Pandya. sixth ball, another excellent ball from and no run. It is 71 for 3.
Five more overs to go.
10th over: Ashwin comes in and strikes it straight away. Shakib dismissed for 21. It is 64 for 3. A big wicket. second ball, Rahim takes a single and it is 65 for 3. third ball, Sabbir defends and no run. fourth ball, Sabbir takes a quick single and it is 66 for 3. fifth ball, Rahim sweeps and takes a single and it is 67 for 3. sixth ball, excellent bowling and four runs and a wicket it is 68 for 3.
9th over: Jadeja continues. appeals for LBW, inside edge and one run. It is 59 for 2. second ball, Shakib pats the ball over cover and takes two runs. It is 61 for 2. third ball, smashes the ball over the mid-wicket but straight to the fielder and one run. It is 62 for 2. fourth ball, cuts the ball straight to deep point and one run It is 62 for 2. fifth ball, jumps out and pats straight to the long-leg fielder and another single. sixth ball, Sabbir misses and no run. It is 64 for 2.
8th over: Pandya into the attack. first ball, wants to hit the ball down the leg but only for a single. It is 48 for 2. second ball, Shakib punches the ball straight down the ground and takes a single. It is 49 for 2. third ball, Sabbir plays down the leg and takes a single It is 50 for 2. fourth ball, short ball and Shakib smashes the ball over the square leg boundary for a four. It is 54 for 2. fifth ball, wild swish and misses it. sixth ball, beautifully played over fine leg and it is a four. It is 58 for 2.
7th over: Jadeja into the attack. fist ball, Shakib takes a single and it is 36 for 2. second ball, Sabbir cuts the ball straight to the deep point fielder and one run. It is 37 for 2. third ball, beautiful shot over mid-on and the ball races to the boundary. It is 41 for 2. fourth ball, once again smashes but only for a single. It is 42 for 2. fifth ball, Sabbir reverse sweeps and the ball once again races to the third man boundary it is 46 for 2. sixth ball, Sabbir takes a single. it is 47 for 2.
6th over: Ashwin into the attack. first ball, sweeps and takes a single. Shakib on strike, second ball, excellent bowling, no run. third ball, jumps and smashes straight to deep cover fielder and one run. It is 32 for 2. fourth ball, excellent ball but wide it is 33 for 2. fourth ball, reverse sweep but straight to the fielder. fifth ball, taps on the leg side and a single It is 34 for 2. sixth ball, Shakib takes a single. It is 35 for 2.
5th over: Tamim back in strike, hits Bumrah for a run in second ball. Bumrah takes Tamim’s wicket, Bangladesh 30 for 2. fifth ball, loud shout for LBW, umpire says no. sixth ball, wild swish but no run. At the end of five overs Bangladesh 30 for 2.
4th over: Nehra bowls to Tamim and and Sarkar. Two four without any loss. Current run rate 6.27. And another four by Sarkar; Nehra so have give 13 runs in five balls. Nehra takes S. Sarkar’s wicket; Sarkar gone for 14. Bangladesh 27 for 1 wicket.
3rd over: Bumrah into attack, first ball, played defensively no run. second ball, beautiful shot and takes a single down the leg side. It is 12 for no loss. third ball, excellent bowling from Bumrah, no run. fourth ball, wild swish and misses and no run. fifth ball, excellent shot and well-fielded but Bangladesh takes two runs and it is 14 for no loss. sixth ball, another beautiful delivery no run.
2nd over: Nehra into the attack. Tamim slams the first ball to the mid-wicket boundary. It is 9 for no loss. second ball, wide down the leg side. It is 10 for no loss. second ball, excellent ball from Nehra and no run. third ball, Tamil hits it straight to the cover and no run. fourth ball, very good bouncer from Nehra no run. fifth ball, tries to hook it but straight to Dhawan and takes a single it is 11 for no loss. sixth ball, excellent bowling from Nehra. It is 11 for no loss.
1st over: Sorry it is Ashwin who opens the attack. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar are the openers. first ball, straight away appeal for LBW and umpire says no. second ball, excellent stuff from Ashwin. third ball, another excellent ball from Ashwin, no run. fourth ball, beautiful bowling from Ashwin. fifth ball, Bangladesh opens their account. 1 for no loss. sixth ball, Sarkar opens his account with a beautiful shot through covers for a four. It is 5 for no loss.
The teams are
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim†, Mashrafe Mortaza*, Nasir Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Abu Hider, Taskin Ahmed
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra
Bangladesh are playing Nasir Hossain and Abu Hider.
Mortaza had also liked to bowl first. There are two changes in the Bangladesh side.
India plays the same team which played against Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
India wins toss and M.S. Dhoni has elected to bowl first.
The toss time. M.S. Dhoni and Mashrafe Mortaza are out in the middle for the toss.
Play will resume at 9.30 p.m .local time. It is a 15- over game with a bowler bowling a maximum of three overs. Fielding restrictions for five overs. Toss will be crucial.
Inspection will be at 8.45 p.m. local time. One think it will be a shortened Asia Cup finals because overs will start getting reduced at 8.40 pm.
Let us have a look at the group match played by India and Bangladesh. India won the match by 45 runs.
The Bangladesh players are playing football in the middle. The Indian team is also out warming up for the all-important finals.
According to latest reprots, the covers are steadily being taken off the ground. Some of the Indian players are out and about, playing around with a football. One hopes not many overs will be lost.
According to latest reports, the rain has finally stopped. The groundstaff are getting to work with head groundsman supervising them.
According to latest reports, the intensity of the rain has reduced, but it is still coming down.
According to latest reports, all the four floodlight towers are functional at the moment, but the rain is still steady.
According to TV reports, it is raining heavily at Mirpur and the ground is full of water. As of now, the toss is delayed. But with the rain pouring like torrents, it will be really tough for the groundsmen to clear the water, and even if the game starts, it will be a shortened one.
Heavy downpour accompanied by thundershowers threatened to play spoilsport in the final of the Asia Cup T20 between Bangladesh and India.
The much hyped grand finale saw an anti-climax of sorts when there was a slight drizzle in the beginning with groundsmen covering the pitch area.
However just as they had removed the covers, there was sudden thunderstorm, which saw the TV crew commentators and players sprinting to the confines of the shade with the heavy pitch cover being blown away.
The stadium plunged to darkness as the lights went off.
Shere-e-Bangla Stadium has brilliant drainage facilities that one witnessed during 2014 World T20 final, which started 45 minutes post scheduled time but the groundsmen had prepared the ground.
In case of no play, the trophy will be shared as both teams are scheduled to leave for India on Monday.
A rewind of the Asia Cup tournament
India and Sri Lanka have won the Asia Cup five times. The other Asian giant Pakistan has won the cup twice.
Bangladesh had entered the finals only once which was won by Pakistan by just 2 runs in 2012. This is the second time Bangladesh has entered the finals. For the first time the Asia Cup was held as a T20 format.
Asia Cup is a men’s One Day International & Twenty20 International cricket tournament. It was established in 1983 when the Asian Cricket Council was founded as a measure to promote goodwill between Asian countries. It was originally scheduled to be held every two years.
The first Asia cup was held in 1984 in Sharjah in UAE where the council’s offices were based (until 1995). India boycotted the 1986 tournament due to strained cricketing relations with Sri Lanka. Pakistan boycotted the 1990-91 tournament due to strained political relations with India. The 1993 tournament was cancelled due political reasons between India and Pakistan. The ACC has announced that the tournament will be held biennially from 2008 onwards. The ICC has ruled that all games played in the Asia Cup have official ODI and T20 International status.
India has won all the matches by defeating Bangladesh, UAE, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Bangladesh, though lost the match against India, has won all the other matches.
The inaugural edition was won by India defeating Sri Lanka. The matches were held in Sharjah, UAE.
Sri Lanka won the tournament defeating Pakistan by 5 wickets. The tournament was held in Sri Lanka. Click here for the final report
The tournament was held in Bangladesh. India regained the Asia championship defeating Sri Lanka by six wickets. Click here for the final report
The tournament was held in India. India once again retained the championship defeating Sri Lanka by 7 wickets. Click here for the final report
In 1993, the tournament shifted to Pakistan which was cancelled due to strained political relations.
The tournament was held in Sharjah, UAE. India retained the Asia Cup defeating Sri Lanka by 8 wickets. Click here for the final report
The tournament was held in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka defeated India by 8 wickets and regained the Asia Cup. Click here for the final report
The tournament was held in Bangladesh. For the first time, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 39 runs in the finals to lift the Asia Cup. Click here for the final report
The tournament was held in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka lifted the trophy by defeating India by 25 runs.
Sri Lanka held the tournament. Once again Sri Lanka defeated India by 100 runs.
The tournament held in Sri Lanka, was won by India. India defeated Sri Lanka by 81 runs.
Bangladesh was the host and entered the finals. Pakistan hung its nerves and defeated the host nation by just 2 runs.
Bangladesh once again was the host-nation which was won by Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets.